KMOV News 4 Anchor Claire Kellett Interviews Characters from New Book by SLUH Alumnus
Bull in the Ring / Football and Faith: Refuge in a Troubled Time
By Joe Castellano '71
An Evening with the Author and the Characters
Appearances by New Coach Mike Jones, Athletic Director Chris Muskopf '91 and SLUH football legends from various eras
Wednesday, November 15
Si Commons at St. Louis U. High
Hors D’Oeuvres and Beverages
No Admission Charge
Books Available for Purchase at $15
All Proceeds Go to SLUH
About Bull in the Ring
The 1970 St. Louis University High football team was undersized and not very fast, had no home field, and played half its games against Top 10 teams in the state of Missouri. Improbably, that team went on to win the Missouri Class 4A state championship.
It had been an arduous, emotional season for the players from the Class of 1971 and their underclassmen teammates. The great but naïve ambition of the young Baby Boomers who played on or supported that team was tempered by the frightening, threatening social turmoil of the late 1960s. In addition to the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, an often-violent protest culture in America, and a generation conflict, these teenagers had to cope with a very personal tragedy. Just before the season began, their Student Council Vice President died of gunshot wounds he suffered as the victim of a robbery attempt two weeks prior. They devoted their season to Ed Hawk ‘71, their fallen friend. The football field soon became a refuge for those young men.
Joe Castellano ’71, Student Council President and one of the football team captains, was so moved by his team’s championship season that he wrote a book, Bull in the Ring / Football and Faith, Refuge in a Troubled Time, which captures in compelling detail highlights from both on and off the field. It is a story that relives season milestones and brings to life legendary characters like Paul Martel, Ebbie Dunn and Fr. Phil Kellett, S.J. It is also a story that resonates with non-football aficionados, breathing with real, raw human emotion and weaving universal themes that span from resilience and teamwork, to faith and service.